There may be a number of reasons why your cat sneezes. From seasonal allergies to an infection, your cat’s nose may feel a tickle every now and then. But when is it a sign of something more? If you’re a new kitten or cat owner you may find yourself asking, “Why is my cat sneezing?” We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about your cat’s sneeze and when to seek care for your furry friend.
Why do cats sneeze?
Your cat may sneeze from time to time, but what does it mean? Kittens and cats alike may be sensitive to their environment and the items within it. For example, “sneezing has a wide range of causes. Upper respiratory infections are a common cause, especially in recently adopted cats,” says Nold. If you have any concerns, talk to your veterinarian they can run some diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your cat sneezing.
Does my cat have allergies?
Seasonal and environmental allergies may affect a cat of any age. While seasonal allergies may be tied to a certain season during the year, your cat’s home environment may be the cause of the sniffles. For instance items like dust, mites and fleas may agitate your furry friend. If your cat is sneezing, scratching, or itching you should talk to your veterinarian to determine if your cat has allergies. The expertise and guidance of your veterinarian can help you determine the proper treatment plan.
When should I seek care for my cat?
You may not know your cat is sick. In fact, cats are mysterious and don’t always let you know they’re feeling unwell. It’s important to be mindful if something seems off with your furry friend. Consider keeping a journal and notating when your kitten sneezes, which may help your veterinarian determine the root of the problem.
In fact, a sneeze may lead to other medical conditions. For example, “a mass or foreign body in the nose are other possible causes of sneezing, If your pet is sneezing multiple times a day and is showing other signs, you should seek medical care ” says Nold.
Pawing at face
Pawing at nose
Since the root of a sneeze may have many causes, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian if you have concerns for your best friend.
Why is my cat sneezing? It may be a seasonal change, allergy or something more
Every cat is different, and some may be more sensitive to their environment or the season. But by observing your furry friend and seeking the medical care of your veterinarian if needed, your cat may be sneeze-free in no time at all.
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